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Outreach Programs


Can't make it to us? Let us come to you - it's the next best thing!

Our Outreach Programs provide a hands-on educational experience that's interactive and engaging for all ages. Let our experienced Nature Interpreters bring an exciting learning environment to your classroom, youth, or community group.

We deliver both live and virtual visits, and are able to customize programs to meet your group's needs.



Children

School Visits

Have an experienced Nature Interpreter join your class, and add fun and inquiry to any unit. Visits include interactive curriculum-linked activities, as well as a visit with members of our Insect Petting Zoo!

Program Length: 60 minutes
Cost: starting at $250 (+ HST).

Discounts available for multiple programs per school. Additional mileage charges may apply for visits outside Waterloo Region.

Program Options:


Fall Special - Marvelous Monarchs
An active program that uses games and co-operative activities to help children learn about Monarchs, and their amazing migration to Mexico each year! We'll bring our live Monarch butterflies and caterpillars with us! Suitable for any grade level.

JK to Gr 3:
Explore the mystery of butterflies with a visit from some live butterflies! Students will be introduced to butterfly patterns and life cycle through different species.

Gr 3 - 8:
Explore the diversity of life with our tropical insects and learn about each critter’s life and interactions with its environment.

Customized Program:
Our Nature Interpreters can tailor themes to your meet students’ interests and needs.



Virtual Visits

In a Virtual Visit, an experienced Nature Interpreter will join your group through a live web conference. Participants will experience the butterflies and plants in our Tropical Greenhouse, as well as interactive programming relating to one of the themes below. Each Virtual Visit includes a Question and Answer session at the end of the program.

Groups will receive a resource kit prior to their program, complete with pre- and post-visit materials and activities!

Program Length: 45 minutes
Cost: starting at $100 (+ HST). Discounts available for multiple programs per school.

NOTE:Virtual Visit programs currently only available on MONDAYS.



Fairs/Festivals

Fairs & Festivals

Insect Petting Zoo

This type of program is a great addition to your next gathering, fair, or open house. We'll bring along our tropical critters to see and (if you are brave enough) touch and hold! We'll also set up a display of educational information on topics like Monarch Migration or Butterfly Gardening. Additional topics may be arranged upon request.

NOTE: Outdoor events will be limited to native critters only.

Program Length: 60 minutes
Cost: starting at $300 (+ HST), additional hours of the Insect Petting Zoo may be added for an additional fee.



 

Presentations

Presentations

This program is great for your next club meeting! Invite one of our Interpreters to do an educational seminar on topics such as Monarchs, Bees and Pollinators, or Butterfly Gardening. Additional topics may be arranged upon request.

Program Length: 45 to 60 minutes
Cost: starting at $150 (+ HST)

Discounts available for multiple programs per location.

Additional mileage costs may apply outside Waterloo Region. Discounts available for charities or non-profit organizations.

Seniors Groups

Let one of our experienced Nature Interpreters bring your Senior's Group a taste of the Tropics, without leaving the comforts of home! Seniors' programs include a video guided tour of our Tropical Greenhouse, a display about butterflies, as well as a chance to see and handle (if they’re brave enough!) live tropical critters from our Tropical Insect collection.

Program Length: 30 to 45 minutes
Cost:starting at $150 (+HST)

Discounts available for multiple programs per location. Additional mileage costs may apply outside Waterloo Region.

Add an insect encounter - +$50